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Fires

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information his Department holds on the number of domestic fires caused as a result of the operation of (a) electric ovens, (b) gas ovens, (c) microwave ovens and (d) central and water heating systems in the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available; and how many of these fires resulted in (i) fatalities and (ii) non-fatal injuries. (293194)

Fire and Rescue Services share with the Department details of incidents attended, including of domestic fires. Since 1 April 2009, Fire and Rescue Services have been reporting using the Incident Recording System (IRS). Previously, data were collected according to the Fire Data Report (FDR) form. Details of each system can be found in Incident Recording System Questions and Lists, and Fire Data Report Code List respectively. Both documents are in the Library of the House.

The numbers of fires, fatalities and non-fatal injuries for the most recent 12 month period available are shown in the following table.

Fire, fatalities and non-fatal casualties by selected sources of ignition, England, 20081

Source of ignition

Fires

Fatal casualties

Non-fatal casualties

(a) Electric ovens

9,604

12

1,993

(b) Gas ovens

3,788

10

784

(c) Microwave ovens

977

0

173

(d) Central and water heating systems

760

6

115

1 Provisional.